HP To Debut Its First Tablets On July 1

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Hewlett Packard will launch its first tablets in July.

The Wi-Fi version of HP’s WebOS-based TouchPad tablet will be in stores July 1 in the U.S. and will be followed later in the summer by a model equipped with AT&T cellular-data service, HP announced. The company introduced the TouchPad in February.

Hewlett Packard announced that the Wi-Fi version of the industry’s first WebOS-based tablet will be available July 1 through U.S. retailers, commercial resellers and direct from HP in 16GB and 32GB versions at estimated street prices of $499 and $599, respectively. U.S. preorders began June 19.

HP didn’t disclose details of the AT&T-equipped version, declining to mention price or service plans, specify whether it would be equipped with 3G or 4G service, or indicate whether two-way video chat would be enabled over cellular data as well as Wi-Fi.

U.S. retailers and commercial resellers of the Wi-Fi TouchPad will include Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot, Walmart, Sam’s Club, OfficeMax,


, Fry’s, Microcenter, other local and regional retailers, and HP’s online stores.

The 1.6-pound device, announced without pricing earlier this year, features Web OS 3.0, 9.7-inch XGA capacitive, multitouch screen with 1024x768 18-bit color display, Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core 1.2GHz processor, beta of Adobe Flash Player 10.3, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, assisted GPS on the cellular-equipped version, integrated front-facing 1.3-megapixel webcam for video chats, stereo speakers with Beats Audio technology, gyroscope, accelerometer, and compass.

Other features include stereo Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, Microsoft Exchange email with Microsoft Direct Push Technology, POP3/IMAP email, and cellular-based SMS, MMS, and IM over cellular. A rear-facing camera wasn’t included in the company’s spec list.

The TouchPad comes out of the box with such productivity apps as Google Docs or Box.net, ability to print wirelessly to compatible networked HP printers.

The device is 9.45 by 7.48 by 0.54 inches in size with rechargeable 6300 mAh battery.

Optional accessories include the Touchstone Charging Dock, TouchPad Wireless Keyboard and TouchPad Case.


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